Lincolnshire County Council to take action over Glenfield closure proposals

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Members of Lincolnshire County Council’s health scrutiny committee have unanimously voted to seek NHS England’s commitment to carry out a full public consultation over the proposed de-commissioning of congenital heart disease surgery from the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre, formerly known as Glenfield Hospital.

It comes as NHS England has announced plans to close the children’s heart unit – which cares for youngsters across the region, including the Grantham area. It claims the service doesn’t meet all of the requirements under agreed new commissioning standards for congenital heart disease services.

Chairman of the LCC committee Councillor Christine Talbot said: “The committee are concerned at how suddenly this proposal has been put forward and without the necessary consultation. We do not believe NHS England have thought through the full implications of stopping these services for very sick children and babies in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands.

“I will be writing to NHS England immediately, on behalf of the committee, to remind them of their duty to carry out a full public consultation. If they inform us that they do not intend to carry out this consultation, we will not be letting this rest.”

Since the announcement earlier this month, hospital bosses and campaigners have drawn the battle lines and a petition has been launched. Sign it at tinyurl.com/saveglenfieldunit